has influence in that regard, i think. in terms of the fine points of what kind of a deal is going to be worked out here, i think the obama administration is take a step back a little bit. i mean if, you know, if it's acceptable to the egyptian opposition parties for mubarak to leave the presidency in the sense of no longer having any official duties and being moved off to his residents at the beach, or something, then why should the obama administration get out in front of that and say that isn't good enough. i think he's being a little bit careful here to say that, you know, that there needs to be a transition but not spell it out too clearly so that the egyptian parties can work out something. >> woodruff: quickly on this question of u.s. influence, how much and who, is there anyone on the outside who has influence. we felt the saudis, united arab emirates sending signals they don't want mubarak to step down immediately. >> no, no, what i was in davos and met many of those people from the gulf in particularly, were extremely concerned.